If I Fall, If I Die

If I Fall, If I Die

How did I get it?:
I bought it from Mr B’s Emporium!

Synopsis:

Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who panics at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and fun- loving—full of art, science experiments, and music—and all confined to their small house.

But Will’s thirst for adventure can’t be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside.  At his new school he meets Jonah, an artsy loner who introduces Will to the high-flying freedoms of skateboarding.  Together, they search for a missing local boy, help a bedraggled vagabond, and evade a dangerous bootlegger.  The adventure is more than Will ever expected, pulling him far from the confines of his closed-off world and into the throes of early adulthood, and all the risks that everyday life offers.   

In buoyant, kinetic prose, Michael Christie has written an emotionally resonant and keenly observed novel about mothers and sons, fears and uncertainties, and the lengths we’ll go for those we love.

Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to starting If I Fall, If I Die as I find books centred around mental health fascinating. It could have been a really exciting story line but at times, I felt like this book was a struggle to read. Don’t get me wrong, I would recommend If I Fall, If I Die… I just have to mention that it’s not a fast-paced read.

If I Fall, If I Die centres around Will and his mother Diane. At the start of the story, Will has never left the house. This is due to his mother Diane, being agoraphobic. Due to technology, Will and Diane have never had to leave the house. They can have almost anything delivered to the house and Will can be home schooled. Diane creates a world for Will so that he can learn from the home. Will decides to go outside of the house one day, he meets a boy called Marcus and realises that the outside world isn’t as dangerous as his mother made him think. Will becomes so fearless, which makes Diane more fearful. She knows she can’t protect Will, because she can’t leave the house.

This story is intense. I think Michael Christie created fantastic characters. Will’s mum was fascinating to read about. Their relationship was incredibly complex. The reason why I haven’t rated this book any higher is because I felt that a lot was added to the story that didn’t necessarily deepen the story for me. I wish more had been explored between Will and his mum instead of the second half of the story feeling different than the rest.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I had mixed feelings about this book but this is an intriguing read about agorophobia with some fantastic characters!

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Stacking The Shelves #149- A special haul from Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

This week I went to the wonderful Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath. I had another reading spa with my sister. You can read about our first experience of a reading spa HERE.

Images of the shop

This time around, we had the lovely Amy as our bibliotherapist. Amy made us a cup of tea and then sat down to chat to us about our reading tastes. It was a lovely chat and we found out that our reading tastes were very similar. A wonderful bibliotherapist for us both!

Amy then supplied us with the yummiest cake as she went to collect a pile of books for us to look at. Amy come back with a huge stack of books. She also brought Emma with her (our first bibliotherapist from our first reading spa!) to talk through some books. As Amy knew we were looking into graphic novels, she also brought Ed to speak to us about some graphic novels he thought we might be interested in. All of the staff at Mr B’s are so lovely!

Here are the books we picked up. If you click on the title of the book below the photograph it’ll take you to Goodreads. What I love about this stack is that the majority of books are books we would never have picked up. I can’t wait to read them.

Deathless– Catherynne M.Valente

Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson

My Name is Lucy Barton– Elizabeth Strout

The Gracekeepers– Kirsty Logan

The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge

Dreamwalker– J.D Oswald

If I Fall, If I Die– Michael Christie

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet– Becky Chambers

The Rithmatist– Branden Sanderson

Into The Trees– Robert Williams

The Book Collector– Alice Thompson

Get In Trouble– Kelly Link

Undemajordomo Minor– Patrick DeWitt

The Immortals– S.E. Lister

Hideous Creatures– S.E LisBter

What Is Not Yours Is Yours– Helen Oyeyemi

The Nao of Brown– Glyn Dillon

Massive thanks to Amy for being so lovely and knowledgable about books. The staff at Mr B’s are marvellous. I highly recommend popping into Mr B’s if you’re in Bath in the UK! We will certainly be back…

Visit their website HERE.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!